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Oral Health in Rural Communities – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Oral Health in Rural Communities.

Emergency Department Visits Involving Dental Conditions, 2018
Presents data on emergency department (ED) visits involving dental conditions using the 2018 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS). Describes characteristics of dental-related ED visits, including age, sex, metropolitan status of patient residence, and community-level income. Includes statistics on the number and percentage of ED visits that resulted in hospital admission, types of dental-related ED visits by payer, and groups and types of dental conditions by type of ED visit.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Urban-Rural Differences in Dental Care Use Among Adults Aged 18-64
Reports on dental visits for rural and urban populations in 2019, providing data from the National Health Interview Survey based on gender, race and ethnicity, and income relative to the federal poverty level.
Author(s): Amy E. Cha, Robin A. Cohen
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Exploring the Impact of ACA on Rural-Urban Disparity in Oral Health Services Among US Noninstitutionalized Adults
Examines the effect the ACA had on oral healthcare utilization in rural areas. Compares use of oral health services by adults from 2011-2016 in rural and urban communities.
Author(s): Wei-Chen Lee, Chih-Ying Li, Hani Serag, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 37(1), 103-113
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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Characteristics of US Adults Delaying Dental Care Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Highlights a study on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on oral healthcare utilization and the factors contributing to decisions to delay care. Bases findings on a cross-sectional national survey of adults from late May to early June of 2020. Breaks down demographic indicators of participants by age, race, and rurality, among other factors.
Author(s): A.M. Kranz, G. Gahlon, A.W. Dick, B.D. Stein
Citation: JDR Clinical & Translational Research, 6(1), 8-14
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Achieving Health Equity Through Oral Health Value-based Care: A Funder's Perspective
Presents a study on oral healthcare equity and the preventability of dental caries. Discusses oral healthcare access and presents oral health data on American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Highlights a community-based program in rural Virginia.
Author(s): Parrish Ravelli, Katinka Hakuta, Trenae Simpson
Citation: Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 80(S2), S80-S82
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
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Rural–Urban Disparities in the Distribution of Dental Caries among Children in South-Eastern Louisiana: A Cross-sectional Study
Highlights a study comparing rates of dental caries in elementary school-aged children in rural and urban communities is south-eastern Louisiana. Draws data from as school-based dental screening and sealant program and compares the rates in rural and urban schools.
Author(s): Hasheemah Afaneh, Madhav KC, Alexandra Lieberman, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 20, 5954
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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Medical-Dental Integration Manual
Provides guidance to North Dakota's rural primary care providers looking to integrate a dental hygienist into their practice. Highlights rules and regulations, billing, scope of practice, and workflow issues, among other topics.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: North Dakota Department of Health, University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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How Evidence-based Is US Dental Workforce Policy for Rural Communities?
Examines the alignment of policy and infrastructure with evidence-based strategies to promote access to oral health services for rural people. Focuses on best practices as well as barriers and facilitators to implementation of workforce strategies to increase the availability of services. Presents a scoping review of the evidence behind key strategies in the U.S. health policy context.
Author(s): Miranda Werts, Ginachukwa Amah, Elizabeth Mertz
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Oral Health and COVID-19: Increasing the Need for Prevention and Access
Details a study on the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on oral healthcare access and utilization. Focuses on the period of time from March to April of 2020 when services were reduced to emergency care only. Highlights the consequences in the reduction of preventative care and explores methods oral health providers used to limit exposure to COVID-19.
Author(s): Zachary Brian, Jane A. Weintraub
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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Oral Health Value-Based Care - The Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Story
Explores the role Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) play in providing oral healthcare through integration and how FQHCs used technology and flexible workforce modeling to provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Analyzes data from the IBM Watson MarketScan Multi-State Database, the Health Resources and Services Administration Uniform Data System, and a survey of participants of the safety net technical assistance program to evaluate health outcomes and service provision of FQHC patients versus non-FQHC patients. Discusses how value-based payment models can effect health outcomes and how FQHCs used telehealth to reach rural and underserved populations during the pandemic.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, National Association of Community Health Centers
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Last Updated: 1/20/2023